For 21,000 families living in Delhi, the 31-year-old wait for their plot of land seems to be finally over.
On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to begin draw of lots for plots from March 19 and complete the process within three months.
The 21,000 people are allottees of middle-income, low-income and janta category plots of the Rohini Residential Scheme 1981. The court was hearing a PIL filed by an allottee, Rahul Gupta, accusing the DDA of delaying handing over of possession of plots despite repeated court orders.
A Bench of acting Chief Justice AK Sikri and Justice RS Endlaw also directed the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to approve without delay schemes for water supply, sewerage and construction of storm water drain for these plots.
However, Gupta, representing all the allottees, told the court that there was no guarantee that the DDA would complete installation of civic amenities on time. “Even after waiting for all these years, we fear we might be given un-developed plots,” he said.
During past hearings, the court had repeatedly pulled up DDA for the delay. It was asked if scarcity of land was the reason then how could it undertake various other housing projects, carry out draw of lots.